Sunday, August 7, 2011

Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Challenges Update

We finally got some relief from the sweltering heat and humidity last week. feels so good to be able to breathe again. I was starting to feel like a caged animal being trapped in the recycled air-conditioned rooms. It was so cool and beautiful out I decided to skip the gym for an outdoor workout last week. More on that to follow.

We are only a few short weeks away from Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer and the official end to these summer challenges. How is everyone doing? Are you closer to your goals now than you were in June? Are you making progress? holding steady? or need a jump start?

Here are my most recent stats:


6/1/11 101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Starting Weight: 149.5 lbs.
6/6/11 Slimmer this Summer Starting Weight: 151.2 lbs.

6/10/11 Weigh In: 148.2 lbs.
6/17/11 Weigh In: 147.5 lbs.
6/24/11 Weigh In: 147.5 lbs.
7/1/11 Weigh In: 148.4 lbs.
7/8/11 Weigh In: 146.4 lbs.
7/15/11 Weigh In: 146.4 lbs.
7/22/11 Weigh In: 147.9 lbs.
7/29/11 Weigh In: 145.7 lbs.
8/5/11 Weigh In: 145.5 lbs.

101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Loss to Date: 4.0 lbs.
Slimmer this Summer Challenge Weight Loss to Date: 5.7 lbs.

Starting Weight (11/2009): 242 lbs.
Current Weight (8/5/11): 145.5 lbs.
Total Loss: 96.5 lbs.

Another .2 pounds gone! It's not much but it's going in the right direction so I'm happy with it.


Still not paying much attention to my water consumption but I'm sure I'm getting enough.


Ellipitcalling, kickboxing, walking and RUNNING! Yes, running! Well, not what runners would consider running but running for me.


I'm ALL IN! Quitting is not an option!


Hi! I'm still here.


Still working my way around, spreading the love and trying to encourage everyone to march to the beat of their own drum. Keep marching!


I RAN! OUTSIDE! Last Wednesday when the heat wave broke I decided to skip the gym and take my workout to the beach. My knee was feeling better so I thought I would pick up the C25K program where I left off. I completed Week 4, Day 1 of the program which included FIVE WHOLE MINUTES of running. I think it was the first time I ran outside since I was a kid and it felt amazing, weird but amazing. What a difference it is running outside than feeling like a hampster on a wheel trudging along on the dreadmill at the gym. It was great to be outside and RUNNING. I was a little giddy and thought about running like a crazy kid ala Phoebe on Friends but I held back from making a complete fool of myself. I still don't think I'll ever consider myself to be a "runner" but I'm glad to be making some progress on the C25K program after being sidelined for so long.


I'm not there yet but I'm two tenths of a pound closer to my goal. I know lots of people would be totally frustrated with such slow progress but the slow and steady plan is working for me so I'm sticking with it. I know I will get there no matter how long it takes and I will have learned the lessons I need to learn to keep it off this time.

Stay strong, be cool and rock on!

Speedy Turtle Out!


  1. I am reading a couple of books on running, and they say if you are running at all, even for 5 minutes, then start calling yourself a runner. It will motivate you to keep it up. I think it's working for me, as I'm doing a little running with my walking, and my neighbors have started noticing. Everything and anything that can boost my motivation is great.

  2. Hey - congrats on the loss! I think you are AMAZING!! So great to hear that your knees allowed you to run - that is inspiring. I bet there is no stopping you now! So close to that goal!!!!! Keep it up!

  3. Hi MB! Well, 0.2 forward is certainly better than anything backward. Plus forward momentum. You always spread the love <<one of the best things about you.

    :-) Marion

  4. Congrats on another week posting a weight loss. Fantastic job on RUNNING!! I know just how you feel when you work out outdoors. I, too, can be giddy, just because I can (cycling that is). That is a wonderful non scale victory to get outside and RUN!!! Hope you get many more of those days before winter sets in. have a great week! Michele

  5. WOW you are doing wonderful!!! Congrats and keep up the great work!!

  6. Well done on your running victory! I've only just got to the point when I can crank up the treadmill to anything approximating a 'run' and I'm struggling with it. No way could I manage five whole minutes right now, I was ecstatic to make it through a whole song the other day!

  7. Kudos for your running achievement! Good for you for not giving up!

  8. Great job on everything! I admire those that can run, I may try later down the line just so I can finally do it!

  9. "encourage everyone to march to the beat of their own drum" -- love this! Congrats on being so close to goal! :)

  10. I am glad you are able to run. My lower back just won't have anything to do with high impact stuff. You are so close to goal that I agree that just moving in the right direction is a win.


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